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Jeff Tedford, Gerald McCoy out for Buccaneers vs. Falcons

Losing Jeff Tedford will hurt the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a little, but the big decisions have long since been made.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to go without Jeff Tedford tonight. Chris Mortensen reports that the Bucs' offensive coordinator did not travel with the team to Atlanta. Tedford is recovering from a heart procedure and has not been cleared for full duties, although he's been part of the team's game planning throughout the year.

This means quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo will once again call plays, as he's done the past two games. That doesn't mean all that much: the key decisions have long since been made in the game-planning stage, and Tedford's limited participation there is much more likely to have impacted the game than whether or not he physically makes the calls on game day.

Still, we might expect Tedford back in week four. According to Jason La Canfora, he's been pushing for a return to full duties for that game.

La Canfora also confirmed an earlier report by Ian Rapoport that Gerald McCoy will not suit up tonight after suffering a broken hand against the St. Louis Rams. In addition, he notes that the Bucs are still negotiating McCoy's contract extension, which should get done some time this season.